[Photo of Doug Rossinow, Thorne Dreyer, and Julia Mickenberg by Alan Pogue.]
Thorne Dreyer's Rag Radio interview with historian and author Doug Rossinow, joined by UT-Austin American Studies Assoc. Prof. Julia L. Mickenberg, was the keynote event of the highly successful 50th Anniversary Rag Reunion and Public Celebration, which took place Oct. 13-16, 2016, at several Austin venues. This remote broadcast was presented before a live audience at the Eastview campus of Austin Community College, 2-3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14.
The Rag, which grew out of the movement in Austin, was one of the most influential of the ‘60s-‘70s underground newspapers and had a profound and lasting impact on the Austin community.
Doug Rossinow is the author of “The Politics of Authenticity: Liberalism, Christianity, and the New Left in America” (1998), an analysis of the New Left using the movement at the University of Texas at Austin as a case study. It is one of the most highly-regarded books about the ‘60s New Left. Doug Rossinow is professor of history at the University of Oslo. A past president of the Peace History Society, he is also the author of “Visions of Progress: The Left-Liberal Tradition in America (2008) and “The Reagan Era: A History of the 1980s” (2015).
Julia L. Mickenberg, who joins us in interviewing Rossinow, is Associate Professor of American Studies and an affiliate of the Center for Women and Gender Studies and the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies at UT-Austin. She is the author of the award-winning "Learning from the Left: Children's Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States."
Among topics discussed are why Rossinow chose the New Left in Austin, Texas, as the point of reference for his study; why his focus on Christian existentialism, what he meant by the Austin movement’s “countercultural strategy”; the role played by feminism; the effect of government and vigilante repression; and the legacy and accomplishments of Austin activism and the New Left in America.
About "The Politics of Authenticity": "Breaking new ground in cultural, political, and social history, ‘The Politics of Authenticity’ presents a vital reevaluation of the new left student movement of the 1960s... Offering an innovative view of the new left... from the ground up [the book] shows how the movement developed in a campus environment -- the University of Texas at Austin, one of the most important new left centers in the United States -- and links local events to the national scene."
Tracey Schulz coordinated this remote broadcast and Allan Campbell engineered at the KOOP studios. Bobby Ray Eakin and Greg Ciotti also helped with the production process.
Rag Radio (www.theragblog.com/rag-radio/) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. The show’s engineer and co-producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP (www.koop.org/listen-now), and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA -- and as a featured podcast at Veterans Today (VeteransToday.com). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 57:29.